6 terror suspects taken to Delhi on different flights

 The six terror suspects who were picked up by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) during Friday’s raids, were flown to Delhi in the early hours of Sunday after the NIA obtained their in-transit custody for four days.

“The six were taken in different vehicles to the Kempegowda International Airport. The NIA formed six special teams and each suspect was taken on a different flight to avoid any problems midair. Taking all the six suspects on a single aircraft would have been risky,” said a police officer.

It has also been learnt that around four months ago, the suspects held a meeting in a dense forest near Tumakuru. The NIA is planning to visit the forest and is  trying to gather information about the meeting, added the source. NIA officials have clarified that the arrest of Javeed Rafiq from Vinayakanagar near Parappana Agrahara on Saturday evening, is not related to the recent arrest of terror suspects and they are gathering more information about him. 

Police said Rafiq stabbed a policeman with a knife while he was being arrested by the Telangana Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS). It is suspected that he was a member of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and was involved in the Ahmedabad-Surat terror attack in 2008. On Saturday evening, after stabbing a policeman, he tried to commit suicide by swallowing a pebble. He was rushed to a hospital and is undergoing treatment. The Telangana ATS have registered an assault complaint at Parappana Agrahara police station, added the police.

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